A New Planet-like Body Has Been Found!
In perfect-timing to be just after our assignment about scientific anomalies, a new planet-like body has been discovered on the outer edges of the solar system! 2012 VP 113 has been 'discovered' (first observed) by some of the same people in Hawaii who first observed Sedna in 2003 and just published in an article in the journal Nature (http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v507/n7493/full/nature13156.html)

One of the reasons they have only recently been seen is that "Sedna [we don't know enough about 2012 VP 113 yet] gets as close as 76AU (one astronomical unit, AU, represents the distance between the Earth and the sun) away from the sun, but at its farthest it is nearly 1000AU. Its orbital period is about 11,400 years, which means it spends lots of time too far out to be detected." (https://theconversation.com/new-planet-like-body-found-sneaking-through-the-inner-oort-cloud-24865, accessed 30/04/2014)

11,400 years to orbit the sun. And when you look at the orbital path it makes even more sense why they haven't been seen until recently. It begs the question though, with two of these objects having made an "appearance", how many others are there out there? What is intriguing about both of these objects is that they exist in an area that has been theorised as not being able to contain anything. Then Sedna arrived. But it was just one. Now 2012 VP 113 has arrived. But it's still just two. The theories have not yet been thrown out, but they are now highly in question.

But without being able to know what we will see in the next 1 second, let alone 11,400 years, I'm curious as to when we will have enough evidence to show that these planet-like bodies are not anomalies, but just a regular part of the solar system and universe (if indeed they are)?

On a more philosophical note, this discovery poses some interesting questions regarding the universe, the Universe and our observable reality. These planet-like bodies have existed long before us, and by knowledge of the approximate age of the universe at 13.7 billion years and the orbit of Sedna at 11,400 years, it is easy to conclude that Sedna (and 2012 VP 113 quite likely) have entered the universe many times in the past. However, they have then left the universe and entered an area invisible to us, which we have been referring to as the Universe.

We all 'know' that the universe exists inside the Universe. However, these objects have been occupying space in the Universe which has been in the universe all along. Where will we find the Universe hiding in the universe next?

Cat Gordon